Deceive vs Fraudulent - What's the difference?

deceive | fraudulent |

As a verb deceive

is to trick or mislead.

As an adjective fraudulent is

dishonest; based on fraud or deception.



Alternative forms

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  • To trick or mislead.
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    (en adjective)
  • dishonest; based on fraud or deception
  • false; phony
  • He tried to pass a fraudulent check.

    Usage notes

    * Nouns to which "fraudulent" is often applied: claim, practice, transfer, scheme, transaction, document, intent, misrepresentation, act, action, mortgage, check, conveyance, accounting, bankruptcy, reporting, etc.


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    Derived terms

    * fraudulently